What is “Spice”?
There has been some recent buzz in the media outlets about “spice” which some Utah police are classifying as a new recreational drug. Spice is a mixture of herbs, most of which are used as medicinal herbs, with herbal synthetic cannabinoids. Cannabinoids occur naturally in the human body and are produced by the human nervous system. Cannabinoids are also present in cannabis / marijuana.
So far, spice is not a prohibited product and Utah merchants are selling it. It appears that some people have discovered that it produces a high when smoked or sniffed.
Who is Penalizing Users of Spice?
Recently it was reported that the Cottonwood Heights Police Department has been issuing citations for users of spice. We have also received reports internally that some law enforcement agencies in Northern Utah have been citing and charging users of spice for drug violations.
The problem is that spice is not an illegal drug, at least for now. So why are law enforcement agencies trying to make criminal what isn’t? Good question. All we know is that we are committed to defending you if you have been cited or charged with a crime because of your alleged use of spice.
It’s Just a Matter of Time
You can bet on the fact that Utah is going to make spice illegal…so enjoy it (legally) while you can. The Utah Legislature is already looking into the drug and there are proposals to regulate it or outright ban it. Our sense it that Utah will opt for the latter and ban spice completely, thereby making another substance illegal and forcing it into the black market where people are going to get it anyway.
Spice Defense Lawyers
We are criminal defense lawyers and are committed to defending you against allegations that you have illegally used spice. Give us a call today at 801.618.1334 and talk to one of our attorneys to find out how we can help you. You can also email us to schedule a free consultation to meet face to face with one of our lawyers.